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Hilda Kalap

Hilda Kalap

Staff and Student Mental Health and Well-being expert

Hilda Kalap is an expert on anxiety, stress and trauma and how to build mental health resilience. She is a Clinical Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine and an Advanced Practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques teaching how to overcome self limiting beliefs. She is also a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, an international speaker, female empowerment coach and the author of three picture books including Donna and Dermot on the Move about mindfulness.

Hilda is a powerful teacher and facilitator for primary to sixth form pupils and staff. Her presentations and workshops are interactive and focus on practices that build mental and emotional resilience including gratitude, forgiveness and Emotional Freedom Techniques. They engage students and staff alike and stimulate a new way of thinking and being in the world.

Hilda draws from her personal and professional life – English was not her first language, she was a young carer to an autistic mother, she experienced racism growing up biracial in 70s Britain and is a single parent to two daughters. She has worked as a journalist and communications professional on many campaigns including a global campaign to ban landmines, has travelled to over 60 countries and lived and worked in India and New Zealand.

During her career she has written speeches for many Chief Executives, senior managers, Mayors, politicians and celebrities and given hundreds of media interviews in the press, radio and television.

1) Sessions for pupils:

Physical/mental and emotional well-being: Mindfulness; building mental and emotional resilience; strong self-esteem; stress management; dealing with trauma; grief; overcoming self-limiting beliefs; careers; diversity/culture; health and wellbeing; dealing with exam anxiety; the environment.

Relationships: Communication skills; listening skills; dealing with bullying; types of abuse.

2) Sessions for teachers - to enable them to:

Learn new techniques and feel more confident delivering lessons on diversity/race/culture; young carers; how to build strong self esteem; bullying; stress management; exam anxiety; fostering gender equality; using coaching to increase collaboration with students and colleagues.

Testimonials from Teachers

Thank you so much for coming to read your story "Donna and Dermot" to the children. They sat and listened so well to the lovely story of Donna and her soul mate, her dog. We wish you all the best with this lovely children's story which carries an important message for young children.

– Karen Thompson, Manager, Little Orchard Pre-School and Nursery

As a primary teacher it's nice to find a book that can help a child through a stressful time. The author uses a mindfulness approach to promote a positive attitude to a big life change for a child, moving house. Engaging story.

– Mike Boyle, Supply Teacher, River Dart Academy

An engaging story with a beautiful sentiment of enjoying the present rather than being hijacked by the past. A simple and accessible story about mindfulness with illustrations full of tenderness and warmth. This is a book that will delight and comfort any child and be a great reminder to the adult reading to stay present and enjoy.

– Ross Hargrave, Manager, Totnes Natural Health Centre​

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  • Careers
  • Women
  • Well-being
  • Exams
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Mental Health

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